Following the Growing Music pilot at Shaw School last year, we’ve been sharing information about the project which has included the Foundation’s Director, Annie Menter, speaking at the Primary Science Teaching Trust’s conference for College Fellows. The Growing Music concept has generated a lot of interest amongst teachers who’d like to undertake a Growing Music project with the WOMAD Foundation and Mauricio Velasierra. We’ve been able to develop further small projects with the support of charitable trusts, business sponsors and local authority arts funding.
However, with an eye to the future, we’re exploring ways to make Growing Music widely accessible to a larger numbers of schools. There’s not getting away from the fact that many schools can’t afford the costs of visiting artists and arts education projects. We’re hoping to develop lower cost ways of supporting schools to use Growing Music to enhance their cross-curricula approach to learning, including video and online resources.
This July we’ll be running a WOMAD Foundation information stall next to Taste the World in the arboretum at WOMAD Charlton Park Festival. We’ll also be presenting some short information sessions at Taste the World for people to find out more about the Foundation’s work and how to get involved (times to be announced). These sessions will be of particular interest to teachers, parents and anyone who works with children and young people.
Supporters of Growing Music projects in 2014:
- Primary Science Teaching Trust
- Ernest Cook Trust
- Bath & North East Somerset Council
- Hobgoblin Music Bristol